Introduction: Star Alliance To South Africa
Review: Four Points By Sheraton Vancouver Airport
Review: Air Canada Domestic Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Airport
Review: Air Canada Business Class 787 Vancouver To Toronto
Review: Air Canada International Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto Airport
Review: Air Canada Business Class 787 Toronto To Frankfurt
Review: South African Airways Business Class A340 Frankfurt To Johannesburg
Review: South African Airways Domestic Lounge Johannesburg Airport
Review: South African Airways Business Class A319 Johannesburg To Cape Town
Review: Westin Cape Town
Review: South African Airways Lounge Cape Town Airport
Review: South African Airways Business Class A340 Cape Town To Johannesburg
Review: South African Airways International Lounge Johannesburg Airport
Review: Mashonzha Lounge Johannesburg Airport
Review: South African Airways Business Class A330 Johannesburg To London
Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge London Heathrow Airport
Review: Air Canada Business Class 777 London Heathrow To Toronto
Review: Air Canada Domestic Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto Airport
Review: Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport
As I wrap up this trip report, I’ll be brief. As you can see from the above index, I won’t be reviewing my flight from Toronto to Vancouver, since it was also operated by a 787, and was remarkably similar to my previous three flights. That’s to say that the food was good, service was excellent, and seat was unbeatable for a domestic flight.
I figured I’d just briefly talk about the domestic Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Toronto, though. I’ve reviewed the domestic Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver, the international Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto, and the Maple Leaf Lounge London, so how does the domestic Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto compare?
Upon landing from London the immigration formalities in Toronto were quick, thanks to the automated machines they offer nowadays. Clearing security in the domestic terminal took just 10 minutes, so within about 25 minutes of arriving in Toronto I found myself in the domestic Maple Leaf Lounge.
Air Canada has three Maple Leaf Lounges in Toronto — one domestic, one international, and one transborder (for those flying to the US).
The domestic lounge was quite large, though also very crowded. As a result, I apologize for the quality of pictures, as I felt rather uncomfortable taking pictures, even with my iPhone.
The lounge consists of one large room, which is partitioned off into several zones.
There’s an elevated seating area in the center of the lounge.
Then along the windows there’s more seating.
Then there’s a walkway towards the center of the lounge, which gives you access to the elevated seating area, the bar, the buffet, etc.
Along the windows towards the back of the lounge are leather chairs which are facing the windows.
Then in the back corner of the lounge past the buffet is a TV area, along with a small dining area.
As mentioned above, the buffet area is between the dining/TV area and the rest of the lounge, and features some high-top seating.
There was both an espresso machine and a separate coffee machine. The coffee coming out of the machine was excellent, for what it’s worth (I needed a few cups at this point to stay awake).
There was also an extensive selection of self serve booze, as well as wine.
Then there was also a beer tap.
There were a couple of types of snack mix, as well as some packaged nuts.
In terms of food, Air Canada has several types of salad, and they were all really good. I especially loved the spicy kale. Seriously, why can’t US airline lounges have food like this? It was tasty and healthy, which is more than can be said for 99% of the food I see in US airline lounges.
In terms of the slightly less healthy selection, there were chips with hummus and salsa.
Then there were also freshly baked cookies.
Lastly, there was a hot pasta dish available.
Wifi in the lounge was reasonably fast. My flight to Vancouver was delayed by about 45 minutes since it was arriving late from Tel Aviv, but that wasn’t an issue, as it just gave me more time to finish up my work between flights.
Domestic Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto bottom line
Air Canada really impressed me with their lounges, both in terms of consistency and quality. This lounge was crowded, though I’d expect that at the domestic lounge of the airline’s largest hub. However, the food and drink selection was fantastic for a domestic lounge, significantly better than what you’d find in a US airline lounge.
Air Canada is also extremely consistent between lounges. While their lounge in London was of course a stand-out, I found all their lounges in Canada to be pleasantly surprising as well.